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Kendama Europe Pro-Team
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The Kendama Europe Pro-Team concists of a vary of different Kendama enthusiasts
around the world. Each Player comes from a different Region, has a different sports
background and has his own style of playing. Their love for Kendama and pioneer
Kendama Styles are bringing them together.
Yannick
David
Peter
Nicolas
Nicolas Schopfer
Nicolas videos
Play Kendama Geneve - A/W 2010
Play Kendama Geneve Weekly Clips #1 - Six Rotations Sword Dance
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Nicolas Schopfer
5th DAN Expert

The living legend

When and how did you get in Kendama?
I discovered Kendama about 10 years ago from Japanese Rollerbladers. They let me keep one and I got addicted ever since.
What was your motivation to start playing Kendama?
At first I only knew a few basic tricks. About 5 years ago I looked at some Youtube video of Raphael Cochet, from my home town of Geneva, as well as Japanese players and was so impressed that I had to try harder tricks!
Which are your favorite tricks and how would you describe your own Kendama style?
I don’t really have a favorite trick, I enjoy both air and balance tricks. Maybe I could describe myself as “traditional”.
Besides playing Kendama, you are a really good inline skater. Do you see any similarities between Skating and Kendama?
Well the main similarities are the use of knees and balance. I guess when you miss a trick at Kendama it hurts a little bit less than on skates. (laughs)
How often do you practice Kendama?
Practicing is a strong word…but I’d say I play Kendama almost every day.
Are there any tricks that need to be practiced daily in able to perform them consistently? – If yes, which are those tricks?
Yes, every trick you are not consistent with should be practiced every now and then…1-2 turn airplanes and things like this!
What was the nicest or most unusual place where you did ever PLAY Kendama?
I’ve played a few times at the Tokyo Budokan which is a very impressive facility full of stories of martial arts tournaments!
What was your most unexpected moment in your Kendama life?
When I passed my 5th Dan in Toulouse in 2013. I had the worst headache that you could imagine… hahaha
What does Kendama mean to you?
People and cultures linked worldwide by a simple piece of wood.
Who inspires you to Play Kendama?
I love watching my japanese friends like Kenta Sakamoto or Shimadera-san. Also love watching stuff from Matt DeCoteau or my fellow teammate David Gault… so smooth!
Where do you see the Kendama scene in about 5 years?
Hopefully, as big in Europe as it is in the US and Japan, today.
Which advise can you give to the young kids who want to become a good Kendama Player?
Try being comfortable with the basic and pre-advanced tricks… when you are, everything else will be much easier.

Personal Records

2012
  • winner of the Expert class Kendama Gold medal in Japan
2011/12
  • European Champion in Munich
Events
PLAY KENDAMA
We are hosting and sponsoring a wide vary of events all over Europe and further.


Exhibition
toy fare Stuttgart Stuttgart
Date Show act Location
23. November 2017
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26. November 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH
Messepiazza 1
70629 Stuttgart,
Germany
Event/Sponsoring
European Kendama Open Lublin
Date Show act Location
28. July 2017
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29. July 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm European Juggling Convention,
Lublin,
Poland
Festival
japan festival Munich
Date Show act Location
16. July 2017
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11:00 am - 1:00 am English garden Munich
japanese Tee House
Festival
Japan festival Munich
Date Show act Location
02. July 2017
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10:00 am - 1:00 am Glockenbachwerkstatt
München
Event/Sponsoring
Mannheim Longboard Open Mannheim
Date Show act Location
01. July 2017
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02. July 2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm FRANKLIN-Mannheim
Platz der Freundschaft, 68309 Mannheim, Germany
Event/Sponsoring
Spikedama 10 Spijkenisse
Date Show act Location
17. June 2017
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10:00 am - 1:00 am LOODS 19
Theemsweg 17, 3201 LT Spijkenisse
Netherlands
Event/Sponsoring
Spring Kendama Battle for Prague Praque
Date Show act Location
27. May 2017
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10:00 am - 1:00 am YOYO STORE
V Jirchářích 1285/12, 11000 Prague, Czech Republic
Event/Sponsoring
Stringfest Herford
Date Show act Location
20. May 2017
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11:00 am - 1:00 am Stringfest
Herford
Germany
More infos to come
Festival
Japan day/festival Dusseldorf
Date Show act Location
20. May 2017
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10:00 am - 1:00 am Düsseldorf Rheinufer
Exhibition
Comic Con Bucharest
Date Show act Location
05. May 2017
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07. May 2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Romexpo C1, C2, C3, C4, C5
Bulevardul Mărăști 65-67
București 011465, Romania
Event/Sponsoring
Kendama Attack Rome
Date Show act Location
30. April 2017 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Via della Stazione Tuscolana 84
Rome,
Italy
Exhibition
Mannheimer Maimarkt Mannheim
Date Show act Location
29. April 2017
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09. May 2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Maimarkt
Xaver-Fuhr-Str. 101
68163 Mannheim
Event/Sponsoring
Worldcup Longboard Skate Eindhoven
Date Show act Location
23. April 2017
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24. April 2017
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Klokgebouw - Eindhoven The Netherlands
Competition
Kendama Competition Bucharest
Date Show act Location
08. April 2017
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am Bucharest Mall Romania
Event/Sponsoring
BroDama Vol. 1 Berlin
Date Show act Location
01. April 2017
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am Alt Moabit 46,
10555 Berlin
Germany
Event/Sponsoring
LONGBOARD OPEN 2017 Casablanca
Date Show act Location
04. March 2017
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am The Twin Center,
Casablanca,
Marocco
Event/Sponsoring
Winter Kendama Battle Praque
Date Show act Location
25. February 2017
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am YOYO STORE
V Jirchářích 1285/12, 11000 Prague, Czech Republic
Exhibition
toy fare Nuremberg Nuremberg
Date Show act Location
01. February 2017
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06. February 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Messezentrum 1
Nuremberg
hall 8/A-10
Event/Sponsoring
Weihnachts-Kendama Jam Speyer
Date Show act Location
17. December 2016 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Franz-Kirrmeier-Str. 18/19
Speyer,
Germany
Event/Sponsoring
Ken Fest 2 Hannover
Date Show act Location
10. December 2016 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Pavillon Hannover
Lister Meile 4, 30161 Hanover, Germany
Festival
Japandult und Ken Jam Munich
Date Show act Location
04. December 2016
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10:00 am - 1:00 am Bürgerhaus Glockenbachwerkstatt
Blumenstr. 7, 80331 Munich, Germany
Event/Sponsoring
Autumn Kendama Battle Praha
Date Show act Location
19. November 2016 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm YOYO STORE
V Jirchářích 1285/12, 11000 Prague, Czech Republic
Exhibition
toyfare Stuttgart
Date Show act Location
17. November 2016
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20. November 2016
1:00 am - 12:00 am exhibition center
Stuttgart
Exhibition
toyfare Spielwiesn Munich
Date Show act Location
03. November 2016
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06. November 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm M.O.C. Messegelaende Muenchen
Lilienthalallee 40, 80939 Munich
Event/Sponsoring
Spikedama Niederlande
Date Show act Location
29. October 2016
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30. October 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Rotterdam
Spijkenisse
Netherlands
Event/Sponsoring
DamaVibes - Polish KO Warsaw
Date Show act Location
15. October 2016
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10:00 am - 1:00 am Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku
ul. Solec 24, 00-403 Warsaw,
Poland
Exhibition
SPIEL'16 Essen
Date Show act Location
13. October 2016
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16. October 2016
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Messecenter
Essen
Event/Sponsoring
Matsuri "祭" vol.2 ふじみ野 ソヨカ
Date Show act Location
07. August 2016
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10:00 am - 1:00 am ソヨカ
うれし野2-10-87, Fujimino-shi, Saitama, Japan 356-0056
Event/Sponsoring
European Kendama Open Almere
Date Show act Location
30. July 2016
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07. August 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Almere,
Netherlands
Festival
Japan festival Munich
Date Show act Location
17. July 2016 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Munich - english garden
Event/Sponsoring
Ken Fest Hannover
Date Show act Location
04. June 2016
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11:00 am - 1:00 am Fridolin's GmbH
Lister Meile 21, 30161 Hanover, Germany
Event/Sponsoring
Spring Kendama Battle Praque
Date Show act Location
14. May 2016 11:00 am - 6:00 pm YOYO STORE
V Jircharich 1285/12, 11000 Prague, Czech Republic
Festival
Japan festival Augsburg
Date Show act Location
08. May 2016
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10:00 am - 1:00 am Botanischer Garten Dr.-Ziegenspeck-Weg 10, 86161 Augsburg
Event/Sponsoring
British Kendama Open Bristol
Date Show act Location
30. April 2016
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01. May 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Windmill Hill Community Centre, Vivian St, Bristol, BS3 4LW, UK
Event/Sponsoring
Kendama Attack Roma Italy
Date Show act Location
24. April 2016
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9:00 am - 1:00 am Roma Italy
Exhibition
Toyfare Nuremberg
Date Show act Location
27. January 2016
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01. February 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Messezentrum 1
Nuremberg
hall 8/A-10